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Bomb threat ends classes early at Ava schools Classes ended early on Tuesday unexpectedly at Ava schools.   A school administrator found a note about a bomb in the middle school.  Administrators took it seriously and evacuated the schools.  The note was detailed and included a map of the school with some Xs on it to denote where bombs might be. The students in all three school buildings went to a nearby church or the ...

Royals pay tribute to 2 firefighters killed in KC blaze KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals honored two firefighters who were killed while fighting a massive blaze that engulfed an apartment building. Two other firefighters were injured when the building collapsed in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday night, shortly after fire crews evacuated its residents and rescued two people from the second story. The two injured were hospitalized in stable condition. Royals first baseman ...

FAA to look into turkeys dropped from plane at festival YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration official says the agency will investigate reports that wild turkeys were dropped from a plane during an event in northern Arkansas. The birds were dropped Saturday during the 70th annual Turkey Trot festival in Yellville. Marion County Judge Terry Ott says all the turkeys landed safely. The festival had a flyover turkey drop for more than 50 years, but ...

More police officers coming to northwest Springfield A 1.7 million dollar federal grant will bring eleven new police officers to Springfield, and more than half of them will be focused on center city.  The federal grant will bring six more officers to work in neighborhoods in northwest Springfield.   "It would be nice to have a little bit more comfort, knowing that our neighborhood is safe. Sometimes there are a little bit of ...

Consumer Reports: Laptops & longevity don't mix If you have an older laptop, prepare for it to stop working. Consumer Reports’ latest survey found that laptops more than three years old are much more likely to break. Once they’re five years old, 25 percent have had a serious problem—often catastrophic. Consumer Reports’ survey of more than 58,000 subscribers found that Apple laptops are far less likely to need repairs than other brands. After the ...

Man admits throwing dog to death from 3rd-story landing A man from Springfield admitted he broke into the apartment of his former girlfriend, stole her dog, and threw it off a third-story landing to the sidewalk, where it died in June 2014.  William Rabourn, 24, was scheduled for a trial without a jury before he pleaded guilty on Wednesday.  A judge set Rabourn’s sentencing hearing for Jan. 22.  He could get a prison sentence up ...

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Dutch probe: Buk missile downed Malaysian jet in Ukraine
A video show the launch of a BUK missile, while a part of the reconstructed forward section of the fuselage is displayed behind, as Tjibbe Joustra, left, head of the Dutch Safety Board presents the board’s final report into what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to break up high over Eastern Ukraine last year, killing all 298 people on board, during a press conference in Gilze-Rijen, central Netherlands, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) — The missile shot skyward from war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. With deadly accuracy more than six miles up, it detonated just in front of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner, sending hundreds of jagged steel shards ripping through its aluminum skin at up to 5,600 mph and shearing the cockpit from the rest of the plane.

Syria's army, allies plan offensive against insurgents in Aleppo
Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they head toward their positions in the town of Kafr NabudahBy Laila Bassam and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army along with Iranian and Hezbollah allies will soon launch a ground attack supported by Russian air strikes against insurgents in the Aleppo area, two senior regional officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Control of Aleppo city and the surrounding province in the area near the Turkish border is divided among the Syrian government, insurgent groups fighting Assad and the Islamic State group that controls some rural areas near the city. "There is a large mobilization of the Syrian army ... elite Hezbollah fighters, and thousands of Iranians who arrived in stages in recent days." Islamic State and other insurgents, including groups backed by Assad's foreign enemies, have been fighting each other north of the city in an area of territory where Turkey and the United States have been laying plans to crush Islamic State, which controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq.

Jamaica's Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction
Authors nominated for the 2015 Man Booker Prize; from left, Sunjeev Sahota, Chigozie Obioma, Hanya Yanagihara, Anne Tyler, Tom McCarthy and Marlon James pose with their books on stage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The six authors are short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and the winner will be announced Tuesday Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON (AP) — Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Gun shop ordered to pay millions to injured police officers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A jury ordered a Wisconsin gun store on Tuesday to pay nearly $6 million to two Milwaukee police officers who were shot and seriously wounded by a gun purchased at the store.

Playboy through the decades: Key moments in magazine's past
FILE - In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner poses with a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Anna Nicole Smith as Playmate of the Year, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. The magazine that helped usher in the sexual revolution in the 1950s and '60s by bringing nudity into America's living rooms announced this week that it will no longer run photos of completely naked women. Starting in March, 2016, Playboy's print edition will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playboy has announced it will no longer run photos of completely naked women, a change that will take place in 2016. Here are some other milestones in the magazine's history: